I've always had a healthy appetite but not always a healthy diet, and this contributed to three decades of ill health: chronic sinus infections, digestive complaints, hypoglycemia, weight problems and, in my early 30s, early-stage cervical cancer.
A nutritionist's advice to change my diet - replacing sugar, white bread and processed foods with fresh vegetables, fruits and home-cooked meals - dramatically improved my health and persuaded me to rethink my life. After 10 years spent working in finance and journalism, I quit my reporting job at the Financial Times in London and trained to be a nutritionist.
Luckily my cancer was caught early and following treatment I returned to full health. Since this experience I have become a passionate advocate of cancer prevention. This is what inspired me to write Zest for Life, for I want to show how easy it is to boost one's defences against cancer while leading a normal, busy life.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be dull or complicated; in Zest for Life, which is based on the traditional Mediterranean diet, I try to show that healthy food can be simple to prepare, affordable and delicious, making it easy to eat like this every day for the rest of our lives.
Now based in Toulouse, France, I offer nutrition consultations, teach health cookery classes, offer personal food-shopping services, work with children in schools and advise canteen operators on healthy school meals. If you want to know more about my work, please visit my website, www.nutrelan.com. I live outside of Toulouse with my husband, three children, six hens and a cat.